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If you have a love for caring for infants 2 months to 3 years old and would like to gain fundamental knowledge and skills to apply basic health, hygiene, safety and nutrition practices for them, the Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY) course is for you! You’ll get to:


Acquire knowledge and skills

Acquire necessary practical knowledge and skills to interact, plan and implement programmes, and set up conducive environments in childcare settings for children from birth to three years of age.

Deepen your understanding

Understand the guiding principles behind the practices of the Early Years Development Framework 2023 (EYDF 2023). Apply and implement the suggested practices stated in the EYDF 2023 in their work with young children and families.

Practice-oriented training

Participate in 3 practicums totalling 180 hours in an ECDA-registered early childhood development centre with infant care.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be conferred the ACEY by NIEC and be eligible for certification as EY2* educators by ECDA. You will be qualified to care for infants, playgroups & pre-nursery groups, and children from 2 months to 3 years of age.


*Graduates below 21 years old will be granted EY2C certification and be re-certified at EY2 certification level automatically once they turn 21 years old.


Find out more about the modules covered in this course here.


This course is also available in Chinese here



Hear more from our students!




“I enjoyed the sharing from my lecturers and classmates which broadened my vision on early childhood. I am very excited and would like to apply what I have learnt and heard from them to my first job in early childhood.


The course content is rich and prepare the students well. With hands-on practical sessions I'm able to put theories into action.  Lecturers are very experienced and helped me to deepen my understanding on how dedicated an early childhood educator should be.”


- Su See Ling, Graduate of ACEY 2022


Minimum Entry Requirements

Local Qualification


Foreign Qualification


Other Qualification


Alternate Pathway:

If you have other relevant qualifications, learn more about the alternate pathway here.

Course Schedule

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8 months / 600 hours

Mon to Fri: 2pm – 6pm


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14 months / 600 hours

Tues, Thur, Fri: 6.30pm to 9.30pm


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14 months / 600 hours

Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9.00am to 6.00pm

NIEC (City)

4 Nov 2024

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Please note:

  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolling under the Career Conversion Programme. 
  • Your learning is important to us, and we have designed our lessons to facilitate your optimal learning experience for this course. Our courses are largely conducted online and a proportion of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning across practice-oriented sessions, such as for child safety and child development. You will be expected to attend the face-to-face lessons physically. A schedule of upcoming modules will be provided to you in advance before course commencement.
  • A course orientation will also be conducted face-to-face where you will be provided with important information about the course, NIEC’s academic policies, the support that you can expect to receive as a student and connect with your community of learning. You are required to attend this session and will be notified of the date and venue 2 to 3 weeks prior to the orientation.

Course Fees

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Before You Apply

Here is a checklist for you to download to prepare your application. 


Have questions? Connect with us!

Mr Titus Siah

Phone: 6887 9504 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)